Don't you just hate it when some movie intends to be serious but ends up being profoundly foolish and silly? Well, if you do, don't ever watch this. It's impressive how they managed to ruin the whole plot in five minutes.
Kent Smith's finest hour. He actually gets to play a character with some depth. The pivotal motivating scene is stupendous not the least because of the perfectly lighted close-ups. Joan's face in this scene is absolutely iconic. Alas, the musical score sounds cribbed Max Steiner's waste basket and the story, at its best merely standard Hollywood, is perfectly summed up in the last two lines.